Montreal Canadiens Approach Halfway Point As One of the Coldest Teams In NHL

January 5th, 2011 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens followed up a great playoff run with an amazing start to the 2010-11 NHL season. They were first in the Northeast Division on Dec. 7. Since then they've gone 3-8-1.

They have gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 with only the hapless New Jersey Devils (2-8-0) and the rebuilding Edmonton Oilers (1-7-2) doing worse. The Toronto Maple Leafs (4-6-0) have been better than Montreal and even have a 3-1 win over the Canadiens in December to show for it.  

Central to this collapse was a seven game Christmas crossing road trip that saw the Canadiens go 2-5. One of those victories was an overtime win over the Florida Panthers. On the trip the Canadiens managed to score only 12 goals while giving up 23. It featured a loss to the New York Islanders that perhaps jump started the James Wisniewski trade. 

Every team has low points in its season and this quite possibly is Les Habitant's. Qualitatively they don't look that bad. Carey Price hasn't suddenly begun giving up goals from center ice or panicking in his own zone. He seems as calm and competent as he has all year.

The special teams are still ticking along. The penalty ki ...

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